CONCERT NEWS Bruce Springsteen has postponed two of his Minneapolis concert dates this week to attend to his wife and band mate, Patti Scialfa, who is suffering from a perforated eardrum. No further information has been released about the injury. The Boss and the E Street Band will return to the Twin Cities on Nov. 28 and 29 to make up the canceled shows …. Joe C, Kid Rock’s diminutive sidekick,. is taking a break from touring with the Twisted Brown Trucker Band for health reasons (he has a digestive disorder called celiac disease, which requires him to use a dialysis machine). According to MTV News, Joe C. often takes breaks during Kid Rock’s tours and will probably remain on sabbatical until the end of the year. Meanwhile, Kid Rock makes sure to give his little pal props when he performs ”Devil Without a Cause,” a song that usually features Joe C.
CASTING Kiefer Sutherland is in final talks to star in the upcoming TV drama based on 1997’s Oscar-winning ”L.A. Confidential.” Sutherland, whose movie career was in neutral for most of the ’90s, will be Sgt. Jack Vincennes — the celebrity-loving cop Kevin Spacey played in the film. In addition to the television gig, Sutherland has several feature films in the works: He’s in the Woody Allen-Sharon Stone picture, ”Picking Up the Pieces,” and he just finished starring in ”Beat” opposite Courtney Love, as author William Burroughs.
UPSET Danny Glover is mad at the Big Apple — well, actually, just New York’s cabbies. The ”Lethal Weapon” star has filed a complaint, claiming he can’t hail a taxi because he’s African American. Glover is demanding that New York City provide more thorough diversity training for its taxi and limousine drivers.
TUBE WATCH NBC is desperate for laughs. With several of its comedies, including ”Suddenly Susan” and ”Veronica’s Closet,” struggling, the Peacock network is ordering two new sitcoms. The first is a mid-season replacement from two former ”Ellen” execs, who could have the untitled project about two adult sisters on the air by March. The second is a family-oriented series — created by ”3rd Rock From the Sun” producers Bonnie and Terry Turner –which will debut next fall.
AWARD Actor Pierce Brosnan will be honored in his hometown of Navan, Ireland, next week. The town’s council has announced a civic-award ceremony and reception for the 47-year-old actor, who plays British superspy James Bond in the upcoming ”The World Is Not Enough” (Nov. 19), his third foray into 007-dom. Navan, for those of you paying attention, is approximately 30 miles northwest of Dublin.
REEL DEAL Warner Bros. and production company Village Roadshow (the team that released ”The Matrix”) are planning a remake of the 1972 suspense drama ”Sleuth,” which earned Oscar nominations for stars Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine. No word yet on who will write or direct the update.
SETTLED Polygram Films and Interscope Communications (the creators and distributors of ”What Dreams May Come,” last year’s afterlife-themed Robin Williams drama) have settled a $2 million copyright-infringement suit. The lawsuit was filed by Louis Jones, a Virginia Beach artist who claims the producers stole his landscape paintings of heaven for their film. Jones, whose work has appeared on four book covers, told the Associated Press, ”They made a very generous settlement.”
OBIT The last living star of late director Akira Kurosawa’s classic ”Seven Samurai” — Minoru Chiaki — died of respiratory failure Monday at a Tokyo hospital. The actor, 82, appeared in 11 of Kurosawa’s films.